Writers: Get Whimsical

Since today is Friday the 13th, I’ve been having some strange thoughts. During my coffee break, I thought about some zany things I’d like to experience and write about.

Every room in my home has a small notepad and pen, so close to wherever I sit, I can quickly grab paper and pen and jot something down.

These are the 13 thoughts I’d someday like to write about:

1)  I’d like to sleep on a cloud.

2)  I’d like to snap my fingers and pull a chimp out of the air that I could converse with.

3)  I’d like to watch a leopard roam through my yard.

4)  I’d like to see dahlia bloom before my eyes.

5)  I’d like to invent a new color, a pastel of sorts.

6)  I’d like to spend an afternoon being eight years old again, playing hopscotch with the kids I used to know.

7)  I’d like to look in the mirror, see myself when I was 25, and pull myself out of the mirror.

8)  I’d like to go to the park, swing through the air, and land on a beach in the Cayman Islands.

9)  I’d like to scale a skyscraper in Chicago.

10) I’d like to walk in sub-zero weather and suddenly experience summer.

11)  I’d like to invent a new word that everyone would use across the globe and that animals could speak.

12)  I’d like to live in a house covered on the outside with violets instead of ivy.

13)  I’d like to dance upside down on a star.

Copyright 2012 by Charlotte Digregorio.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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7 Responses to Writers: Get Whimsical

  1. snowbirdpress says:

    Hi, Charlotte, Those are not strange thoughts at all. I have been absolutely dying for a bit of humor in my life and art. It’s gotten so bad I almost want to go into cartooning just to get it out of my system. At this point I’m sort of preoccupied with reorganizing things around here, and I’m hoping that once I get that under my belt I will have contemplated this more thoroughly. Humor is a very sharp edge to walk. If it gets too zany it loses its heart. If it has too much heart it can take the edge off the humor. If it gets too sarcastic it can be biting and actually hurt people. If it’s ironic it too can have results that are less than desireable, although when done well, it can be extremely enlightening. Humor is a tough nut to crack. And once it’s out there it is the most easily forgotten. We tend to remember dramatic and sad things much more than humor. But it sure has been on my mind a lot lately. So when I saw this post of your’s I don’t feel quite so alone! 🙂 Thanks!

    • Thanks, Merrill. I need to get back to submitting some poetry for publication. Winter went so fast. I thought I was going to do more writing, but I need some more inspiration.

      By the way, I’m writing a blog post on haiku that evokes a moment of peace. Can you send me one of yours (with a publication credit)? So far, I’ve got ten to run, but it would be nice to have one more. The post is coming out tomorrow. If you have one, please send it to my email address. Thanks!

      • snowbirdpress says:

        Hi, Charlotte, I just sent one but overlooked sending it as a rely. Hope it gets through. Love again, yet and always, Merrill

  2. snowbirdpress says:

    OOOpsie! should read “yours”….

  3. snowbirdpress says:

    finding the path –
    the peas emerge searching
    for the trellis

    Hi, Charlotte, I just mentioned to another poet that I haven’t written much since I’ve been doing this reorganization. When I read your reply, this haiku came to me in a moment… searching for the path of peace. Even the tiny peas popping up out of the ground seem to know to follow the light and to follow a structure upon which they can grow and flourish.
    Welcome to my pea patch! Love, Merrill

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